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The federal government has halted the drilling of oil wells near a resort boat ramp at the request of the Three Affiliated Tribes....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The federal government has halted the drilling of oil wells near a resort boat ramp at the request of the Three Affiliated Tribes. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the well site is separated from the Van Hook Resort boat ramp by a barrier wall. The site is located about 800 feet from Lake Sakakawea.
     Tribal Chairman Mark Fox says the tribe appealed the federal permit of the drilling site because it violates tribal setback requirements from the lake. The drilling site falls within the boundaries of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
     The Interior Board of Land Appeals is an appellate review body of the U.S. Department of the Interior. It has delayed the project in response to the tribe's appeal last week.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota regulators are offering to settle a complaint against the Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners is accused of improperly reported the discovery of American Indian artifacts during construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline that began moving North Dakota oil to Illinois last month. No artifacts were disturbed.
     North Dakota's Public Service Commission in November proposed a fine of at least $15,000. Under state law it could levy fines of up to $200,000. The commission today offered a settlement under which ETP would make a $15,000 "contribution" to the State Historic Preservation Office or another mutually agreed-upon entity. The company would not have to admit fault.
     ETP didn't immediately comment on the proposal. The company has 10 days to accept the offer.


    MINOT, ND - The City of Minot is offering a Ride Transit Free week. Today through Friday there is no charge to use the City of Minot Transit buses.

    "We offered a Ride Transit Free week last year, and it was very well-received by the residents of Minot," said Brian Horinka, Superintendent of Transit for the City of Minot. "It provides an opportunity for our regular riders to use the system free for a week, but it also helps showcase the system for those who may be less familiar with what the City of Minot transit system has to offer."

    During the Ride Transit Free week, the City buses will run their regular routes.

    In conjunction with the free week, Horinka said the City is launching a new mobile application to help riders track buses on their smartphone or through the Minot City Transit website on an interactive map. The RouteShout 2.0 app can be downloaded on iPhone and Android devices at no cost from the Apple Store or Google Play.

    Riders will now be able to more conveniently plan trips, reduce wait times at bus stops, and be notified of any schedule or route changes in real-time through their smartphone.

    "Minot City Transit is very excited to offer this tool to our riders," said Horinka. "We want to provide all our riders who rely on us every day with the latest transit technology so they can get to work, appointments, and school on time. This helps riders better plan their day and helps us support them."

    In addition to being able to follow buses to see how far they are from a bus stop, riders can also use the "Locate Me" GPS function within RouteShout 2.0 to determine the closest bus stop and save favorite routes and stops for quick look-ups. When emergencies, route changes or weather conditions occur that may affect service, riders can also subscribe to receive notifications.

    The RouteShout 2.0 traveler information system is provided by Routematch Software, an Atlanta-based transit technology company that works extensively with transit agencies.


    MINOT, ND - A mandatory water ration has been imposed for the City of Minot effective immediately. No lawn watering, car washing, or other excessive water use is permitted. Commercial car wash facilities are exempt until further notice.  

    The rationing comes after a malfunction to the main, 12 million gallon per day treatment basin was discovered early Saturday morning. Crews are currently working to repair the issue.  A backup treatment basin will be used until the repairs are made.

    Current water usage for their service area is 8-9 million gallons per day, the backup basin can produce only 6 million per day. The water ration will remain in effect until further notice.



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